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Cover Reveal: Blastaway

Today Melissa Landers and Rockstar Book
Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for BLASTAWAY, her new Middle
Grade Sci-Fi which releases Summer 2019! Check out the awesome cover and the excerpt!
On to the reveal! 
 
 
 
Title: BLASTAWAY
Author: Melissa Landers
Pub. Date: Summer 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads
Pitched as “Home Alone in space,” a
young science prodigy who runs away in his family spaceship must team up with a
plucky mutant to save the Earth from destruction.
Scheduled for publication Summer 2019.
Exclusive Excerpt!

At some point, I must have fallen asleep.

I say that for two reasons. First, my chin was wet with
drool, and I hardly ever slobber on myself when I’m awake. And second, I was no
longer on Earth.
I sat bolt upright and stared out the window as distant
stars whizzed past in a blur. There were no planets in sight, and judging by
the swirling purple nebula ahead of me, this wasn’t the way to Nana’s house. I
checked the navigation screen and felt my mouth drop open. The flashing beacon
that represented my ship was halfway between Earth and Fasti.
(So you see, it is totally possible to steal a spaceship on
accident.)
I guess my hand hit the EXECUTE button when I fell asleep.
And because it would take just as long for me to turn around and go home as it
would to finish my journey, it made sense to keep going, right? Either way, my
parents would ground me into the afterlife, so I might as well earn the
sentence, right?
Right.
An electric thrill rushed through my veins when I thought
about the possibilities that lay ahead of me. Anything could happen on this
trip. Literally anything. I could discover a brand-new element. Or meet a
secret race of aliens. Or invent a new energy source. Or eat so much chocolate
that I puked. Either way, I had complete freedom to make this journey into
whatever I wanted, and once I realized that, there was no freaking way I could
turn back. It was like the universe had dropped a gift in my lap, a gift I had
no intention of returning.
I wiped the drool off my chin and smiled.
“Hold onto your stars, Fasti. Here I come.”
About Melissa:

 

Melissa Landers
is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud
sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just
ask her kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland,
“Sweetheart of Ohio.”

 

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Review: The Dollmaker of Krakow

Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow

Author: R.M. Romero

Date of Publication: September 12th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.

Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.

The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.

But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.

My Review:

I normally don’t read middle grade books, but  I really loved the cover and the sound of this one. There are back and forth chapters between the land of the dolls and the real world.

Karolina becomes a real life doll and becomes friend with the Dollmaker who made her. He has lived a lonely life and learns to break out of his shell because of Karolina. They meet another girl and her father who uncover that Karolina is no ordinary doll.

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A lot of people said this book was dark for a younger audience, but I don’t believe so. What about all the children that had to face real life horrors back during World War 2. I feel like this book, even though it does have fantasy elements, is a great learning tool to understand that bad things did happen during the war. Real life stuff happens today and could happen again. Kids can’t be sheltered about everything. I would definitely let my daughter read this, and she’s eight. I mean if kids can watch comic book movies that have way more violence and death, then what is so wrong about learning about death during World War 2?

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How does this book sound to you?

Review: Furthermore

Title: Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Date of Publication: August 30th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

My Review:

In a world of color Alice has no pigmentation, and the one person that she loves more in the world is her father who has been missing for three years. He is the one person that Alice feels always thought she was perfect the way she was. The one way to find him is through the one boy who she hates more than anything and that is Oliver. Together they will travel to a nonsensical world where nothing is as it seems.

Although Alice feels that everyone thinks she is not beautiful because she lacks color in the colorful place of Ferenwood, she doesn’t let it get her down. She finds herself talented and interesting in her own ways.  Alice also feels as if her mother hates her, and her father was the only one that cared about her.  When she fails at her Surrender which is a performance of one’s abilities she decides to trust Oliver and go into Furthermore to search for her father.

I absolutely loved when Oliver and Alice go into Furthermore. I am always a big fan of places full of mystery even though they scare me because I feel like I would be one to die as soon as I entered one or roll into a ball on the floor and panic because I wouldn’t know what to do. The place was magical and scary and had things that I only dream of seeing.

My two favorite thing in this book was the love that a child has for their parent, and the friendship that developed between Oliver and Alice. Between Oliver and Alice one was not stronger than the other they each needed each other, so it felt like they were equal which is my favorite kind of team in stories.

I was hesitant at first because I tend to stay away from the middle grade area, but I love Mafi’s Shatter Me series so much that I had to enter this world, and I am so glad that I did because her writing is so beautiful and well crafted.

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Review: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Title: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Author: Megan Shepherd

Date of Publication: October 11th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.

Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

My Review:

Emmaline is a sick girl in a hospital along with other sick children. She sees horses with wings in mirrors. She goes into the garden and finds a horse with broken wings and learns from a letter from the Horse Lord that there is a black horse on a mission to hunt it down.

So first off I never read middle grade books. Well actually I can’t say never because I have read Harry Potter but only books 1 & 2, so I was pretty hesitant about reading this one. Buttttttttttttt let’s see… Horses? Horses with wings? Freaking pegasus? Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

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First I really liked the characters, and I really liked Emmaline. She felt real, and it is sad to see these children who are not the healthiest, but it is also what added the emotion. Thomas was one of my favorite characters, and I would have liked to know more about him.

This was actually a quick read and from the cover I assumed it would be light, but there are a lot of emotional aspects in the story that made me feel. I think I was just looking for a deeper plot, but then again it is middle grade, so I don’t have really anything to compare it to.

I think this is a great book for children to read especially ones that are looking for something a little more meaningful than some of the stuff that is out there today.

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How does this book sound to you?

Waiting on Wednesday: Furthermore

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

Date of publication: August 30, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit—and with a liar by her side in land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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So I normally don’t read middle grade books, but I am so excited for this because I absolutely loved her Shatter Me series.  What a beautiful cover as well!

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What book are you waiting for?

Motion Picture Monday: Book to Movie

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What book to movie are you currently waiting for?

Movie: The BFG

Book by: Roald Dahl

Imdb Summary: A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

I have loved the other Roald Dahl movies that I have seen such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, and James and the Giant Peach, so I am pretty excited and think this will definitely meet my expectations!

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What book to movie are you waiting for or any movie that you are waiting to see?

Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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The lovelies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesdays! Here is this weeks topic:  Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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Little Reviewer – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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